floor tiles

How to accessorise floor tiles in your living room

Porcelain or ceramic floor tiles are a practical and stylish choice for living rooms and open plan spaces such as living-dining rooms or living rooms which combine with kitchens.
Porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are durable and hardwearing; as well as being easy to clean and low maintenance, porcelain and ceramic floor tiles are also fairly water and stain-resistant compared to other floor options.
Available in a huge range of styles and colours, floor tiles can be in a modern large format dimension, can replicate geometric Victorian designs or mimic natural materials such as wood, slate and stone.
As floor tiles are a significant investment in your home, careful consideration is required in order to select the right product and style for your home.  Once you have chosen your floor tiles then a few simple steps will help you to enhance them and fully enjoy the benefits of a tiled floor in your living room.

Step 1: relish the comfort of underfloor heating

Pairing ceramic or porcelain floor tiles with underfloor heating is a great idea, for several reasons.  Not only will underfloor heating ensure that your floor tiles are cosy underfoot in the colder months but it is also a very economical and efficient way to warm a room and avoids the need for unsightly wall-mounted radiators.

Step 2: add texture and colour to your floor tiles

Rugs will soften floor tiles and can also add texture, colour and character.  Dependent on your choice of floor tiles and personal taste you might opt for an ornate pattern, striking geometric design or a more low-key and subtle style.  Natural materials – from sheepskin to sisal, jute and seagrass – are also increasingly popular ways to accessorise floor tiles and give an organic, rustic feel to a room.
The location of your rug is crucial.  It might simply be to visually ‘warm’ and define the space – perhaps beside the couch or in front of the fireplace; alternatively you might want your rug to provide more than just a point of interest by using it to serve as a device to deliver comfort and softness underfoot.

Step 3: a fireplace to complement your floor tiles

The majority of living rooms will have a fireplace feature, whether functional or purely decorative.  If this is the case then it’s important to make sure your hearth treatment is harmonious with your choice of floor tiles, e.g. if you have opted for contemporary floor tiles then your fireplace should be consistent with this style, otherwise it will jar; a cast iron Victorian fire surround with traditional floral tiles is unlikely to work alongside modern large format floor tiles.

Tilemates: wall and floor tiles for any room within your home

At Tilemates we offer a broad selection of quality wall and floor tiles from brands including Original Style and Porcelanosa, which range from classical to modern in style.  
In addition to ceramic and porcelain wall and floor tiles, we also supply vinyl floor products by renowned brands, Amtico and Karndean.
To find out more about our range of wall and floor tiles and vinyl flooring, please speak to a member of the Tilemates team at one of our five showrooms in Brighton, Crayford, Petts Wood, Tunbridge Wells or Welling or call our Surrey Head Office on 020 8397 6284.

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  • Petts Wood

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  • Welling

    Tel: 020 8303 4023

  • Head Office

    Tel: 020 8397 6284